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4:00 PM ET, February 14, 2020


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Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Google is in talks with publishers about paying a licensing fee for content that would be in a premium news product  —  The search giant is in talks with some publishers about paying a fee for content that would be part of a premium news product  —  Alphabet Inc.'s Google is in talks …
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
Facebook to allow influencers to produce sponsored content for US politicians and political campaigns, if the posts are clearly identified as paid partnerships  —  Bloomberg's bad memes might just be the beginning  —  Facebook will allow influencers to produce sponsored content …
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
The Bloomberg campaign is working with Meme 2020, whose lead strategist is the CEO of Jerry Media, to create sponsored posts on influential Instagram accounts
Vivian Wang / New York Times:
Chen Qiushi and Fang Bin, two prominent video bloggers chronicling the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, have disappeared  —  Two video bloggers whose dispatches from the heart of the outbreak showed fear, grief and dissatisfaction with the government have gone silent.
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
UK's The House of Lords launches an inquiry seeking information on how journalists can adapt to changing news media landscape and how media can be more trusted  —  Peers have launched a new inquiry on the future of journalism in the UK.  —  The House of Lords Committee on Communications …
Corey Dickstein / Stars & Stripes:
Pentagon acknowledges that its budget proposal would completely cut its $15.6M subsidy to Stars and Stripes, making up about half the publication's annual funds  —  WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Thursday defended the Pentagon's effort to strip Stars and Stripes …
Craig McCarthy / New York Post:
NYC police subpoenaed Twitter records of NY Post's Tina Moore while investigating leaks, then withdrew the subpoena after Post lawyers contacted the department  —  In an apparent effort to tamp down on leaks, the NYPD subpoenaed a New York Post reporter's Twitter data …
Sara Guaglione / MediaPost:
Storyful launches Storyful Video, a video licensing marketplace, letting media outlets buy content directly from its archive of 17K user-generated videos  —  Storyful has launched a video licensing marketplace, called Storyful Video, that will allow media outlets and production houses …
Jennifer Elias / CNBC:
Susan Wojcicki says YouTube paid out $3B+ to the music industry in 2019 from ads and subscriptions  —  - In a blog post, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said more than $3 billion of the company's ad revenue went to the music industry.  — The latest figure hints at how much of the Alphabet …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Samsung announces partnership with Netflix with bonus content associated with Netflix shows on Galaxy smartphones and deeper device integration  —  As the streaming battles heat up, Netflix is hoping a new partnership with Samsung will help it fend off rivals.
Michael Grothaus / Fast Company:
eMarketer: political ad spending for the 2020 election will reach $6.89B, up 63.3% compared to 2016, with the majority of spending going to TV and Facebook  —  What's interesting is the majority of spending goes to just two sources: television and Facebook.  What do the two have in common?
Coral N. Negrón Almodóvar / Committee to Protect …:
Puerto Rico's new Open Data Law and Transparency Law contain broad wording that gives government officials much leeway to refuse information requests  —  In July 2019, anti-government protesters gathered on the streets of Puerto Rico, motivated in part by the work of investigative journalists …
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